Teenage car vandal spat at police officer
Thug also struck cop on the head after being questioned
A teenage tearaway assaulted a cop when he was tracked down for vandalising a car, a court was told.
Out- o f- cont rol Daniel McAdam, 18, lost the plot when officers traced him after he damaged a parked car in the town.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard McAdam first turned the air blue with insults, then he lashed out – hitting one officer as well spitting at another.
Fiscal depute John Penman said: “The incident took place at Well Street at around 9.30pm on February 3 this year when a group of youths were seen in the area.
“The group moved towards Underwood Road where the accused is seen moving to the middle of the road adjacent to a Nissan Micra, where he throws a plastic bread tray at the car.
“The incident, which is captured on public space CCTV, shows the accused hitting the parked car.
“Police attended and noticed the damage. There was a dent in the car.”
Officers then scrutinised public space CCTV footage to identify the accused.
Around 11.15pm the same night, McAdam was traced to Stoney Brae in the town’s south end, where officers questioned him about damaging the parked Nissan.
Mr Penman added: “Officers asked the accused about damage to the vehicle, when he started shouting and swearing ‘F*** yous,’ ‘It wasn’t me’ and ‘Get tae f**k, pr***s.’
“He was arrested and placed in the cell van and during the journey to Helen Street Police Station he behaved in the manner libelled.”
McAdam pleaded guilty to charges of recklessly and wilfully damaging a car and behaving in a threatening and abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm – in that he shouted, swore and uttered offensive remarks at police.
McAdam, of Glenbrittle Drive, Paisley, also admitted assaulting a police officer by striking him on the head, during the execution of his duty, as well as spitting at the officer.
Defence agent Chris McKenna urged the court to show mercy to the troubled teenager, who retains a care worker with the council.
He said: “He understands that custody could be an option. But I would hope there is a means of dealing with him in the community.
“He is only 18 and still has a throughcare worker with the local authority. I would expect your lordship will call for background reports given the nature of the charge.”
Sheriff Tom McCartney agreed with Mr McKenna and adjourned sentencing McAdam until a Criminal Justice Social Work Report is prepared.
McAdam will discover his fate on October 8 when he appears for sentence.
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